We've had stories recently about how the availability and even the quality of a wide variety of products are being affected by climate change.
The list includes apples, beer, wine, olive oil, and a range of produce from California's Central Valley.
In Italy, the New York Times reports, "A bone-dry summer and an autumn drought have messed with this year’s truffle trade. The same could be said of last year, and the year before that." As availability goes down, the price tag goes up.
And, the New York Post reports that "American supermarkets are facing a blueberry shortage after extreme heat in Peru — the largest exporter of blueberries in the world — resulted in a stingy harvest, according to reports.
"Peru has been crippled by the El Niño weather phenomenon, which increases global temperatures each time it purrs across the globe every two to seven years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"This year, El Niño sparked warmer and drier weather conditions across the South American country, per the NOAA, causing a blueberry drought that’s slashed supplies as much as 70% … Last week, the volume of blueberries that reached US stores from Peru was less than half of what it was the same week a year ago."
- KC's View:
Wine. Olive oil. Beer. And now, blueberry pancakes?
I know this isn't all about me, but I'm beginning to feel a little victimized here.